August 2008 Members’ Selection
Discussion: October 18, 2008
Book: Can I Get a Witness?
Author: Reshonda Tate Billingsley
Review: October 18, 2008
Can I get a Witness? written by ReShonda Tate Billingsley shows us the consequences of taking things in own hands. Sometimes we feel that the Lord is simply taking his sweet time to get even, so we jump ahead to get a head start.
I have a secret for you; the Lord does not need our help. So, if someone has done you wrong and you feel the need to get even, stop, pray and pick this novel up.
It will definitely open your eyes.
Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, ”I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” *says the Lord.
The irony of a divorce-court judge getting divorced herself is not lost on Vanessa Colton-Kirk. After all, she’s seen everything in her notorious Houston courtroom, where she’s presided over the breakup of countless unhappy and disillusioned couples. Even her own sister, Dionne, is dealing with a relationship drama of her own, a betrayal that’s left Dionne hungry for revenge on the man she hoped to marry. But when career-driven Vanessa chooses to work late on the night of her fifth wedding anniversary, her husband, Thomas, decides he’s had enough of her putting work before starting the family he so desperately wants — and he tells her he wants out.
In a last-ditch effort to save the marriage, their own judge orders Vanessa and Thomas to attend a spiritual retreat. She goes — but not without a fight. And just when she thinks she’s won, fate steps in and helps her see things in a whole new light. Now Vanessa and her sister face the toughest choices of their lives. Can Dionne untangle herself from a payback plan gone horribly wrong? Can Vanessa rebuild a bond that she had a big part in destroying? Will she learn from her own mistakes and her years of experience on the bench? Or will she need something else to keep a tide of bitterness from taking over her life?
ReShonda Tate Billingsley Bio
ReShonda Tate Billingsley always did have an active imagination. From making up stories to crafting award-winning poems, the national bestselling author has always maintained a love for telling stories. After numerous rejections from publishers, ReShonda stepped out on faith, established her own publishing company, and released her debut novel, My Brother’s Keeper. The book caught the attention of one of the country’s top literary agents, who secured a deal for ReShonda with megahouse publisher, Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books.
The rest, as they say, is history.